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House Committee Backs Motorcycle Safety

Monday, April 6, 2009
Motorcycle Industry Council
The MIC is encouraging people to contact their legislators to cosponsor the resolution to recognize the importance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. 
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a resolution April 2, supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, encouraging riders to get trained and licensed, always wear protective gear, never drink and ride, and ride within their limits. Another key message of the month is aimed at motorists, who need to be aware of two-wheel traffic and look out for riders.

The resolution, H. Res. 269, introduced by Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, is similar to one unanimously passed by the full House last year.

"The resolution presents a valuable opportunity for Congress to recognize the importance of focusing on motorcyclists' safety," said Duane Taylor, MIC Director of Federal Affairs. "We're calling on riders everywhere to contact their representatives to urge them to cosponsor the resolution."

Among many safety related organizations, such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, May has long been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The messages for all road users are especially timely as motorcyclists nationwide gear up for the upcoming riding season. In approximately two thirds of fatal car/motorcycle crashes, the driver of the car is at fault.

"We applaud the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing this resolution and we look forward to continuing to work with Representatives Burgess and Giffords and other members of Congress as this resolution moves to the full House for consideration," said MIC's Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck.

Motorcycles are fuel-efficient and decrease congestion while having little impact on our nation's transportation infrastructure, making them a valuable component of the transportation mix. With more than 7 million motorcyclists benefiting from the advantages of riding, it is important to remember their safety and to encourage safe and responsible behavior.

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Comments
Paul Grzebielucha -Words to action.. Safety  April 17, 2009 05:53 AM
This support is great. Real difference makers, such as installing products to give advanced warning to motorist following motorcycles that are slowing down... like Safe Ride, that will make a real difference to improve visibility and prevent accidents. This product works on G-Force and gives seconds of advanced warning.
Tim B -Harsher Punishment, please!  April 7, 2009 09:10 AM
"Another key message of the month is aimed at motorists, who need to be aware of two-wheel traffic and look out for riders." That's the area the goverment needs to focus on. If a motorcyclist crashes by his own fault I don't bat an eye. But if some a-hole in a car plows into the back of a motorcycle because they're texting their BFF and get off because it was an "accident" I get irate. These "accidents" should be manslaughter with severe punishment!
NBS -Right f*ing on  April 7, 2009 02:57 AM
Not that it always has that much impact for either car motorists who don't even consider we should be on the road or see us, or for that matter the sandal, shorts and t-shirt wearing riders who bitch after their first case total skin loss, but it's good to see governmental and industry promotion of awareness and safety.